Passing on the Torch – February 2018 Newsletter


I would like to briefly share my Story 


My journey into the field of lighting started in 1973 when our family business secured the agency to represent Thorn EMI Lighting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd in the Eastern Cape. I was also indeed fortunate to have been identified by the late Peter Keen, the MD at the time, to study Illumination Engineering through the Thorn Lighting Academy which was linked to London South Bank University in the UK. I graduated in July 1977. I am eternally grateful to him.

After many years in the conventional lighting environment, the arrival of LED changed the lighting landscape forever. Lighting design became more challenging, flexible, exciting and highly technical.

I realised at an early stage in 2010, that all professionals within the build environment as well as those within the lighting industry itself, needed to be educated in LED lighting technology. The LED lighting workshops were born. I have continued to develop new workshop content to keep pace with the pace of development in the LED product environment. To date I have presented 145 lighting workshops.

The tertiary educational institutions do not offer any form of education or courses on lighting for architects, interior designers, consulting electrical engineers or lighting professionals. It was this lack of offering that lead me to develop a lighting course with a certificate status. In April 2014, the course went live online and in May 2014, it was elevated to Diploma status by HEQA.

Lighting workshops are still presented regularly throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries. They are filled to capacity within days of being announced.

The lighting course offering has been expanded to a total of 17 courses which vary in duration, status and market.

I am passionate about lighting education at every level. I cannot imagine myself not waking up each day and not devoting myself to my students and clients.

Of course I remain a professional Illumination Engineer. I am still actively involved in lighting design for a variety of applications. My speciality is in the area of sport field lighting, street and other outdoor lighting.

I am very proud that my son, Daniel, has followed in my footsteps.  He is already an accomplished lighting designer and Illumination Engineer. His speciality is interior lighting design for commercial projects and architectural lighting design for exterior projects.

If I had my life over again, I would not want to do anything but to be a professional Illumination Engineer.

Please enjoy the video below as much as the BHA Lighting Design & Consulting Team did working on the project at Eurolux Boland Park.

The next episode of “How IoT can solve everyday problems” focuses on Transport

IoT lights can find wheelchairs in airports

Tracking wheelchairs in airports is a big issue, as a missing unit can delay the turnaround of an aircraft. Using smart labels or RFID tags, sensor-enabled lights can keep tabs on them.

IoT lights can find parking spaces

In Helsinki, micro cameras embedded in street lights detect if a parking space is unoccupied and upload the information to the cloud. Motorists can then access this data via real-time apps.

IoT lights can detect suspicious cars

Sensors embedded in exterior lighting can detect unusual activity by vehicles in areas such as drop-off zones at airports and railway stations, and send text messages to security staff.

IoT lights can manage traffic

Combine cameras and sensors in street lights with traffic lights and signage, and you have the means to monitor traffic, regulate flow, and, if necessary, redirect traffic.

IoT lights can detect when aircraft passengers disembark

Sensors in IoT lights can detect the disembarkation of passengers from aircraft, raising lighting levels, alerting airport staff and allowing management to controls flows through customs and security.

The March Newsletter will feature the Outdoors in the next episode.

News & Press

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Lighting in care home is tuned to boost serotonin

The fully automatic lighting at the Marienlund Care Centre is designed to boost with the most effective wavelengths of light to stimulate the brain to produce the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin, as research shows that it has an effect in reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

A lighting installation at a care home in Denmark is using tuned light to manage serotonin and melatonin levels in elderly patients.

The project – one of the largest so-called ‘human centric’ lighting installations in Europe – covers 120 assisted living facilities at the Marienlund Care Centre in the municipality of Silkeborg, Denmark.

The pilot project consists of the construction of a ‘future care home’ with a range of innovative technologies to improve the welfare and well-being of the elderly residents. The full dynamic circadian lighting is programmed to stimulate circadian rhythms, and is tuned to each patient’s individual needs such as visual disabilities and sleep problems.

By removing the blue and delivering a red-orange light in the evening, the tuned lighting creates the optimal conditions to produce melatonin to ensure effective sleep in the patients

The fully automatic light protocol is designed to boost with the most effective wavelengths of light to stimulate the brain to produce the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin, as research shows that it has an effect in reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

In the evening and at night the strength, wavelength and colour temperature is regulated to make the body produce the vital sleep hormone melatonin, which is produced during effective sleep.

The circadian lighting is custom-designed for the healthcare sector, and features a combination of red, green, blue, warm white, cool white and amber LEDs.

In the morning the boost and therapy function helps to activate the body. From the morning the light gradually rises to high intensity and high colour temperatures. The blue light helps to inhibit the production of melatonin and stimulates the production of serotonin and cortisol.

In the evening the custom evening and night light helps to create optimal conditions and prepare the body for a good night’s sleep. By removing the blue and using a red-orange light into the evening it creates the optimal conditions for the production of melatonin.

The red-orange light meanwhile helps creating a secure and tranquil environment for residents and patients. The staff are also affected by the light, and report that they find it easier to fall asleep after night shifts. The lighting is supplied by Danish manufacturer Lightcare, a specialist in circadian lighting for the healthcare sector.

Amazing lighting in Madrid, Spain

The lighting stretches from Puerta de Alcalá (Alcala Gate) to Plaza Cibeles, a stretch of 210m where Calle (Street) Alcala is 32m wide and it is flanked on both sides by trees. The coloured LED rope has a length of 6km and is strung on 5mm stainless steel cables. The 480 vertical light motives are made up of 7680 LED lights with an installed power of 16.5kW. The lights were installed for this Christmas and were designed by Ben Busche of Brut Deluxe.

The installation consists of a dense, blue coloured system of lines that zig zag over the whole span of the street, building up a textile-like, artificial sky with some areas apparently stressed and vacant and others compressed and dense containing thousands of blinking stars.

National Museum of Archaeology, Madrid, Spain

The photograph shows some truly creative but excellent lighting design by Tony Rueda, Madrid, Spain

You can read more about the National Museum of Archaeology, Madrid, Spain lighting design, by following the link here –

Congratulations to Renaldo Du Pisani for successfully graduating with merit to qualify as an Illumination Engineer.  I am sure that your fellow students echo my congratulations.  We wish you every success in the future.  May you enjoy and be as passionate as I am about the exciting future of lighting.

We want to welcome you to the BHA School of Lighting!!!

We hope that you will be enriched b y the knowledge that you will gain on the course for which you have enrolled.

  • Milase Koti, Human Voice Architects, Johannesburg
  • Wessel Badenhorst, Carl Koch, Peder Christensen, Johan Dippenaar, Adrian Silberbauer, Graeme Bevan, Wynand De Swardt, Reginald Khoza all of De Villiers & Moore Consulting Engineers

We wish you a very happy birthday! Have an awesome day and may you be blessed throughout the year.

  • Peder Christensen, Cape Town, 1 February
  • Kavitha Govender, Johannesburg, 2 February
  • Fritz Jakob, Windhoek, Namibia, 3 February
  • Franz Fertig, Cape Town, 5 February
  • Vicki Vermeulen, Cape Town, 6 February
  • Werner Klimke, Cape Town, 9 February
  • Kwame Adu-asomaning, Cape Town 13 February
  • Paul Trewartha, Cape Town, 20 February
  • Rudi Scholtz, Cape Town, 23 February

A “LIVE LECTURE” will be presented on our special BrainCert platform on Thursday 15 February 2018 at 19:00 on the subject “The Hallmarks of Great Interior Lighting Design”.

The day and time has been selected after surveying all Diploma students. A Thursday at 19:00 was the overwhelmingly most favoured day and time.

REMEMBER: Only the first 25 viewers who sign in on the day and time will be able to watch and participate in the “LIVE LECTURE”. The lecture is automatically recorded, so those who are not able to “attend” the live lecture, will be able to watch the recorded lecture at the same time each day for 7 days. All current students and consulting electrical engineers who have already enrolled for the special tuition sessions, will automatically receive and invitation to attend the “LIVE LECTURE”.

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